Blog of Eva Wissenz

Nebbi solar bakery preparing a cake for Uganda’s President’s son birthday

Posted Friday 16 September 2022 by Eva Wissenz.

What a lovely birthday cake! It has been solar baked by Nebbi solar bakery for General Muhoozi for his birthday celebration in May 2022.

Then, on August 26th, 2022, during the International Youth Day Celebration held last month in different cities in Uganda, Nebbi solar bakery has gained national recognition in Gulu. "The team has been recognized for the great work in ending poverty through skilling and environmental conservation through the use of solar oven", says Prudence, team leader.

General Muhoozi Kainerugaba is the son of the actual President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. The President could taste this delicious cake and have a look the oven while congratulating Prudence, the Head Baker.

Nebbi is one of the most performant groups trained by the team with the support of Plan International Uganda and Plan International Finland.

Congratulations to this super motivated team!


Three new Solarpreneurs in France!

Posted Monday 29 August 2022 by Eva Wissenz.

Thanks to the patient work of Arnaud, Elise, Benoist, Maxence and Loïc, three new French entrepreneurs decided to start using the Lytefire Deluxe manufactured in France to power their activity. They have been inspired by NeoLoco, Arnaud’s solar bakery, and by Lydiane and Manu, who have been the first to jump in and become "solarpreneurs" with Du Soleil et des Graines. Together in East France, Lydiane and Manu have now more than 50 retailers welcoming their solar roasted creations (see here).

 
L’Atelier Bélénos was created in Brittany, France, by Didier Ménard. "Bélénos" stands for the Gallic god of sun and health. The owner has a background of generalist engineer and is a former project manager in the cosmetics industry. Didier started the production around March 2022 and the marketing from mid-May. He solar makes cereal bars and roasted seeds for salads. He already has a dozen retailers.

Michel Mouillé is an environmental education trainer. He discovered the Lytefire thanks to NeoLoco and, as he was already offering courses and training focused on alternative cooking solutions with Idée d’en Faire, he was immediately interested. After several visits to the solar bakery, he decided to get his Lytefire Deluxe. He finds it "easy to use and quick to handle". He will soon start roasting his seeds and offer a local coffee. raise people’s awareness of the challenges of solar cooking. Below are some cool pictures of the pizza workshop he hosted for families in precarious situations and during the Low tech festival, l’Ouvre Boîtes (Can Opener).

Based in Normandy, in the Pays de Bray, Céline Puech launched Solé B’Rayon this summer. Céline has matured her project for a long time. With her Lytefire, she plans to create her own cereal bars as well as roasted seed mixes to replace crisps and peanuts for appetizers. She also created a nice ebook with healthy solar roasted seeds based recipes.

More inspiration? Discover other solarpreneurs right here!


Two Strong Women Joining

Posted Friday 22 July 2022 by Eva Wissenz.





With the title of this post, I refer to Marie NDiaye’s book, Three Strong Women (2009), which is telling the story of three heroines between France and Senegal. It is proven: powerful stories and visions can change the world. Let’s only remember the Civil Rights movement in the US or the raise of women empowerment happening progressively since a few decades (2 generations ago, women couldn’t vote, remember?). For sure, it’s not enough. For sure, it’s not fast enough and we’re not enough people but there are, actually many, so many examples of real change in the past. This can give us courage in hard times.

Our followers know that with the Lytefire, the team is on a journey to mitigate deforestation and global warming consequences, as well as empower people with a simple, efficient and elegant solar solution. Lytefire requires no infrastructure, no renovation and no high tech to be implemented. And it relieves the burden of energy from many people’s shoulders around the world, especially women and especially in Africa.

Did you know that many women in African villages still have to go to chop wood and it takes them hours every day? On her way, the woman might meet with predators (humans or animals), break her back, then spend hours by the fireplace breathing dark particles to simply roast a few kg of peanuts to be sold on the local market. Provide these women with a Lytefire oven and all this is gone. And the deforestation slows down around the village.

Did you know that this year, our field team trained more than 200 young people in Uganda to become solar bakers and created themselves an income based on a fossil fuel free activity? Doesn’t this give a bit of hope?

Did you know that some people in France are ready for a change using that same tech to bake and roast delicious snacks? They save on energy and they experience a different relationship to work - following the sun, adapting to elements, experiencing the solidity of a locally produced solar tech very adapted to our times.

And on top of spreading Lytefire with pedagogical trainings, the team works on changing the storytelling and building bridges. That’s what’s needed to make this world a better place.

On this path, we are now joined by 2 strong women, and we’re so happy to welcome them.

Susanne Müller is an impact investor from Germany, in charge of MII GmbH. She is joining our board as a Director. After several years in public service (HZI, Fraunhofer ITEM), Susanne changed to the private sector. She has experience in the metal, wood and plastics processing industry in the areas of HR, occupational safety and most recently QM.

"Recently I became a happy impact investor. I’ve seen a lot and want to see a lot more. I believe in mutual success through cooperation!

When I saw the Lytefire for the first time in the showroom video, it was immediately clear to me that this is a simple, technical solution that could be used anywhere in the world.
This product holds the solution to a group of global issues that we need to tackle now! During my first conversations with the founders of SFCO, I was immediately carried away by the strength of their vision and their devotion.

During my visit to Kenya and Uganda in April this year, I was able to get to know most of the team. I got detailed insights into the production of the Lytefire stoves directly on site in Kenya, into the project work and into the training courses in Uganda, which impressed me very much. I was able to see by myself what entrepreneurial perspectives a Lytefire Bakery brings for the users. I have been able to taste their cookies and cakes. I could really feel the empowerment of the trainees, who are mostly women. Furthermore, I was deeply inspired by the team’s loving passion and enthusiasm for working towards the fulfillment of the mission.

It quickly became clear to me that I would be happy to support this company with all my skills beyond my role as an impact investor. With Solar Fire board, I’m willing to share my expertise in quality management based on my many years of experience in the various sectors of the manufacturing industry. I am delighted and honored to be part of the working board myself now, to support the mission with my strength and to drive the vision forward."

Elise Hauters is co-managing CPM Industries with her brother Benoist Panchout. The company was created in Normandy by their father in 1990. CPM Industries expertise, is mostly in the aeronautics sector. It is thanks to their high motivation that Lytefire Deluxe has been finalized last year and starts to be commercialized in France. Elise’s interest and commitment for impact is growing more and more at all level and she is initiating new projects to work on the transformation of her industry sector.
"It is my pleasure and also honor to accept this volunteer role of board advisor on topics on which I can shed some light. I find SFCO’s mission very meaningful for several reasons and first of all the Lytefire implemented in Africa (and I hope one day among other regions in need for it) is a tool that makes possible to solve major food problems related to global warming. But what moves me the most I think is the ability that this tech is providing to women to emancipate themselves, to empower themselves, to take the lead.

As a woman and a business leader, I experience how complex and heavy leading is, even in a Western and modern society. In addition, I have the absolute conviction that the industry must be able to put its capacity and skills at the service of social and environmental justice. We must be creative in the way we carry out our projects, in general.

My institutional missions on this topic allow me to confront on one hand the economic issues , which guide the actions of the major players in my territory in France, with the issues that I personally consider to be a priority. And if this can help Lytefire team, in one way or another, I am happy to dedicate time to share my expertise and past learning’s."

Thanks for joining us!

(icon picture - credit : jplenio / Pixabay - Licence : CC0)


Campaign launch! Support Solar Bakery Pioneers in East Africa

Posted Friday 17 June 2022 by Eva Wissenz.

Help Joan, Hashimu and Allen to inspire their local communities by harnessing the power of the sun and creating sustainable bakeries!

Feeding their community without polluting or deforesting is what Joan, Hashimu and Allen choose to do in order to fight the intensity and acceleration of climate change and global warming caused by human activities.

With your help, we want to support each solarpreneur to acquire a Lytefire solar oven, the material and ingredients needed to start in their town in September-October 2022.

Joan is a female entrepreneur in Kenya. Hashimu is a young cook in Tanzania. Allen is a pensioner baker but ooops, we shouldn’t say pensioner because he is more active than you and me!

What do they all have in common? They all live in East Africa, they face heavy daily challenges connected to the reality of global warming, they want to make a change and they LOVE the Lytefire solar oven.

Thank you for supporting them as much as you can on the campaign page and by sharing on social media!


New sponsors: Siemenpuu Foundation and ASE

Posted Wednesday 1 June 2022 by Eva Wissenz.

Like any other company, we had to adapt to covid and to the complexity of our world. We don’t want to travel too much for long projects anymore, we need to take into account the rise of pricing for shipping and material, and we still need to address the huge amount of request we receive from all over the world! More and more people are ready to use Lytefire, and many are ready to build by themselves with our help. That is why we have created the Pioneer package a few months ago which is combining technical material and at-distance guidance in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese from one of our Project Managers. In that context, we have been happy and honored to be supported by N’Gouro Sanogo, from Association Sahel Espoir, and Hanna Matinpuro, from Siemenpuu Foundation. Together they have made the translation of all our material in French finally possible! Thanks to them, our cooperation with French speaking countries will be boosted!!

Contact us for more info about the Pioneer Package!


It’s Climate Strike today

Posted Friday 25 March 2022 by Eva Wissenz.

The Lytefire 4 construction guide is at 5€ instead of 99€ for 24 hours (https://lytefire.com/diy-climate-strike). With it, you can build yourself a solar concentrator to cook, purify water, fry, roast in a pan. We are soon opening a forum for builders providing feedback, updates, for a community to build up.

A community complementing everything that exists already with a specific tool generating enough heat to process food and make a bit of money with it. It’s starting in France and in Kenya.

The very first version of the Lytefire was created a long time ago in a backyard in Canada. We continue the good work. We do our best. But environmental destruction is accelerating everywhere. We must spread.

When is this ending?

This way to not honor what we have. This way of seeing enemies. To dominate. Good cop. Bad cop. This is good, this is bad therefore we can destroy it. And then what? Who will be right in the end? Which country will be the last one surviving in a devastated nature? Who has ever had money for breakfast? Who has ever loaded his pockets with money when it’s time to leave this world? How long will it take for major decisions to be made by citizens and governments to finally engage in a caring approach: children, elders, men and women, animals, plants, rivers, bedstones, oceans, mountains, sand beaches, flat countryside and spectacular rain forests, blue sky and pristine lakes.

When do we start to care?

The IEA (International Energy Agency) stated 9 months ago that we can have no more new oil, gas and coal facilities at all if we’re going to have any chance to stay below 1.5°C global warming.

The 2d IPCC report was released last month and we still don’t talk about it, not enough (read it). The key words of this massive report are vulnerability and adaptation. The scientists are also establishing a clear link between climate change and social justice.

At our level, what can we do?

This is everything we are about. And we know that the energy we use and the way we organize our lives around that is a key question.

Lytefire is a caring tech for us to adapt to this sad reality. The Lytefire 4 oven construction guide is at 5€ for 24 hours. https://lytefire.com/diy-climate-strike

If you want to know more about this solar tech, if you feel like asking questions directly to the team, Urs, Lorin, Judith or Muriel are happy to connect with you and book an on-line virtual coffee time with you.
Urs (English / Swiss German): urs.riggenbach@solarfire.io
Lorin (English / French): lorin.symington@solarfire.io
Judith (German / Spanish): judith.bernet@solarfire.io
Muriel (Swiss German): muriel.fuhrer@solarfire.io

Check our infographics to understand the impact Lytefire has in one glance:
https://gosol.org/infographic


Formation à la capitale et installation au village au Burkina avec l’association Tora Coeur de Caux

Posted lundi 1er novembre 2021 by Eva Wissenz, Martin Pouabidjie.

Mission accomplie ! C’est en janvier 2021 que l’association normande Tora Coeur de Caux nous a contacté par l’intermédiaire de notre ami Loïc Perochon pour démarrer un projet à Sika, province de Nasséré, dans le nord du Burkina Faso. Après quelques échanges dynamiques avec Denise Fouquer, membre fondatrice de l’asso, et l’accord du maire de Nasséré, une campagne de levée de fonds a démarré pour permettre de compléter le financement du projet. Elle a été un franc succès et tous les contributeurs sont chaleureusement remerciés.

Du jeudi 14 octobre 2021 au samedi 23 octobre 2021, en tant que représentant de Solar Fire/GoSol au Burkina Faso j’ai organisé la formation de l’association Tora Cœur de Caux en boulangerie et en pâtisserie. Nous avons commencé par la formation technique de 4 personnes avec aussi Mr Eric René Sawadogo qui représente l’association Tora ici. Les premiers jours ont porté sur le montage de la Lytefire, la focalisation des miroirs, et la maintenance de la machine. Nous les avons appris pendant 5 jours à maîtriser plus que le nécessaire sur la Lytefire afin qu’elle puisse être installée une fois chez eux. Par ailleurs, les personnes formées pourraient même former d’autres bénéficiaires si elles le souhaitent.

A partir du 20 octobre 2021, nous avons débuté la formation en pâtisserie avec notre chef pâtissier. Après avoir mis l’accent sur les règles d’hygiène à suivre, il a pu faire en moyenne 3 recettes par jour pendant 4 jours. Les différentes recettes étaient entre autres : le pain simple salé, le pain au lait, les brioches, le pain de mine, les gâteaux cake, le pain sucré, le pain ghanéen, le pain au sésame, le pain hamburger…

Par ailleurs, le chef pâtissier les faisait reprendre les recettes eux-mêmes jusqu’à ce qu’ils les maîtrisent.

Ils étaient tous enthousiastes d’être les premiers à débuter pour la première fois de telles recettes dans leur village, me confient-ils.

Photos Martin Pouadibidjie et Tora.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 11

 

 

 

Get in touch

Send us an email to info@gosol.org or use the form below. We'll get back to you very shortly.

Please enter the Security Code shown in image:

captcha